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Disaster rebuilding and recovery financial review presented at Board of Education work session
During a Board of Education work session held Tuesday, Oct. 13, district representatives shared a financial review of the May 2011 disaster rebuilding and recovery efforts. The presentation included a breakdown of costs for rebuilding and the revenue used to rebuild, information regarding total tornado relief donations and a breakdown of how donation dollars were distributed, and an update on district reserve operating fund balances (the district's savings account).

Highlights from the presentation:

Rebuild Revenue:

Rebuild Costs:

Tornado Relief Donations Received: 

Donation Expenditures

Reserve Operating Fund Balances

Financial Review Summary
  • With the completion this winter of Columbia's community safe room (the final tornado rebuild and recovery project), Joplin Schools fulfills the April 2012 bond campaign expectations of our patrons' $62 million investment.
  • The spend down of tornado relief donations will be completed this school year.
  • Joplin Schools remains financially stable with increasing operating reserves. This ensures a solid foundation for upcoming budget planning.
Thank you to those near and far for the generous contributions of grants and donations and for the thousands of volunteer hours over the last four-and-a-half years. And, thank you to a supportive community that invested in our rebuilding and recovery efforts and our current and future students!

View the complete financial review presentation.

Watch the Board of Education Oct. 13 work session:

Own a piece of Joplin history with the JHS Yearbook Heritage Collection
On Wednesday, Oct. 14, representatives with Joplin High School's yearbook staff held a press conference to announce their new Heritage Collection, a series of yearbooks from 2010 to 2014, that is being offered to the community at a deeply discounted rate of $99. This unique and limited collection documents the events that have taken place at the high school beginning in 2010 at the original high school through the recovery efforts from the May 2011 disaster and the opening of the new high school. This special offer gives community members, businesses, and organizations an opportunity to own a piece of Joplin High School history and support the continued efforts of the yearbook staff. 

It's never too late to learn something new with FTC Community Education

This is just one of several fun, budget-friendly classes offered by FTC Community Education. Find a complete list of upcoming classes.
5 tips to help you make the most of your upcoming parent/teacher conference

Parent/teacher conferences will be held at all district schools on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 21 and 22. These one-on-one meetings with your child's teacher are a great opportunity to get to know your child's teacher, learn more about your child's progress, and discover ways that you can support your child's learning at home. 

1. Before the conference, review your child's work, progress reports, and grades and talk to your child about his or her progress in school. 

2. Write down specific questions you want to ask the teacher. Question examples include: 
  • Is my child performing at grade level?
  • How is he or she doing compared with the rest of the class?
  • How is my child doing socially?
  • How can my child improve?
3. Share your thoughts with the teacher about how you feel your child is doing and what additional help you think your child needs.

4. Ask what you can do at home to support your child's learning.

5. Talk with your child about the conference. Let him or her know what you learned and discuss opportunities for learning at home. Ask your child for input - kids sometimes have the best ideas!

Last day to order!

JHS Student Council to host Community Trick-or-Treat event 

Joplin High School's Student Council is hosting its annual Community Trick-or-Treat event from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29. The event is free and open to the community and will be held in the walkway of the main gym of the high school, 2104 Indiana Ave. Several high school clubs and organizations will be present. Start your Halloween celebration early at this fun, family event!
Meet Joplin Schools' Eagle of the Week

This weekly honor recognizes Joplin Schools' employees who demonstrate the qualities and behaviors that benefit the day-to-day operations of the district and promote student success. Joplin Schools' employees, parents, and community members can nominate a Joplin Schools' staff member for this recognition.  
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Oct. 21
Operation College Bound Kick-off
All elementary schools

Oct. 21
Parent/Teacher Conferences
Elementary: 3-6 p.m.
Secondary: 4-7 p.m.

Oct. 22
Parent/Teacher Conferences
Elementary: 3-7 p.m.
Secondary: 4-8 p.m.

Oct. 23
No classes

Oct. 27
Board of Education Regular Session
7 p.m.
Memorial Education Center
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